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The Ladykillers

The Ladykillers (1955)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1955 Wide

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Music professor Alec Guinness rents a London flat from sweet old lady Katie Johnson. He tells her that, from time to time, several other musicians will visit in order to rehearse. In truth, Guinness can't play a note, nor can his visitors: he's a criminal mastermind, holding court over a gang of thieves, including the likes of punkish Peter Sellers, homicidal Herbert Lom and punchdrunk Danny Green. The gang uses Guinness' flat as headquarters as they conceive a daring 60,000 pound robbery. After

Sep 10, 2002

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Delightfully foolish.

September 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Nothing else like it.

May 8, 2009
ColeSmithey.com

As directed in a kind of damp, gray color palette by Alexander Mackendrick the film is one of the richest and most carefully-paced of the Ealing comedies.

July 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Director Alexander Mackendrick ... reached a masterful apex of sorts with this wickedly hilarious movie's precise balance of situational comedy and stark murderous callousness.

April 6, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com
DVDJournal.com

worthy to see heavily maked-up Guinnes and pre-panther Sellers.

July 8, 2005

Most of the slapstick set pieces warrant a polite smile rather than a hearty guffaw.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Ridiculously funny dark comedy. Guinness is having way too much fun.

August 19, 2004
Needcoffee.com

O delicioso humor negro é ainda mais ressaltado pelas ótimas performances de todo o elenco - em especial, de Guinness e Johnson.

November 22, 2003
Cinema em Cena

The best of the Ealing comedies.

August 14, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Wildly funny!

November 24, 2002
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

a wonderfully macabre comedy

October 13, 2002
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for The Ladykillers

Not as entertaining as the remake I felt, but was good to be able to compare the two, especially with the location differences as well.
February 4, 2012
76Majikat

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A hilarious story, I loved it.
November 10, 2010
ajv2688

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I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the person who recommended it to me, but the little old lady is worth the price of admission.

UPDATE: Saw this again today, and was a little more impressed. Although I still think it starts off rather slow, it has a deliciously twisted ending. I remember that Kind Hearts and Coronets had a similar arc. I'm wondering if that's the style of older Brit comedies in general. Maybe I shouldn't be in such a hurry to turn them off.
September 7, 2010
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